I hope, first and foremost, that everyone is safe and healthy during this difficult time we are in.
We have all had to adapt to the “new normal” – working from home, isolating ourselves as much as possible, wearing masks and avoiding contact with others when we do have to go in public. From what I’ve seen, most people are taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously and making the necessary adjustments. But some adjustments are more difficult than others.
I imagine that many of you have felt the weight of being separated from loved ones. How heartbreaking it is to not be able to watch your child get married, your grandchild graduate from high school, to be there to help your infant niece celebrate her first birthday.
I understand this pain all too well, as I’ve missed quite a few of the family gatherings and major life events that springtime often brings. But please remember – as I try to do – that there will be reason to celebrate again. There will be milestones to mark. In the meantime, do what you can safely do to let those who are important to you know that they are loved… even if you can’t be there with them.
As we continue in Phase 1 of Gov. Roy Cooper's plan to reopen North Carolina, please continue to follow social distancing recommendations and stay home whenever possible, so that we can all get back to celebrating soon.
Recycling Moves to Monthly in July
During its monthly meeting in April, Leland Town Council voted to continue the Town's recycling program for the 2020-21 fiscal year on a once-per-month collection schedule.
Please note that the current recycling schedule will remain in place through the month of June. Monthly recycling collection will not begin until July 1.
Detailed information regarding routes and pick-up days for the 2020-21 recycling program will be available at the end of this week on the Town's website, and will be shared on our Facebook, NextDoor, and Twitter pages and with HOAs, where applicable.
Frequently Asked Questions: Phase 1 of N.C.'s Reopening Plan
Adapted from the NC Office of the Governor
How long does Phase 1 last?
Phase 1 began at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8, and remains in place through 5:00 PM on Friday, May 22.
Does this mean the Stay at Home Order is lifted?
No. You should still stay at home but Phase 1 increases the number of reasons people are allowed to leave.
What is different about Phase 1?
Eliminates the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses
Allows most retail businesses (with exceptions) that can comply with specific requirements to open at 50% capacity
Allows people to leave home for non-essential goods or services;
Encourages state parks and trails that are closed to open;
Specifically allows people (up to 10) to gather outdoors, while following social distancing recommendations
Opens child care to working families
Does this mean that NC is safe from the spread of COVID-19?
Enough of the key indicators are moving in the right direction to make this transition to Phase 1. Analysis by Public health experts indicates that if restrictions are eased gradually with safety practices still in place, North Carolina can benefit from increased economic activity without a surge in new cases.
Despite this progress, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and state officials will continue to monitor key metrics. COVID-19 spreads from person to person easily, especially indoors or if people come in close contact for more than 10 minutes. While Phase 1 eases certain restrictions, there remains a need for a Stay at Home Order and other COVID-19 rules.
Although Phase 1 of the state's plan to reopen North Carolina is underway, many recreational and entertainment options - movies, bowling, fitness centers, and pools, to name a few - remain closed.
If you're looking for some activities to keep yourself or your family members occupied, don't forget about Leland Parks and Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Center's "Big List" of virtual activities. The list is curated - and updated often - and is available on the Leland Parks and Recreation's Facebook page or by clicking on the image above.
Safety Spot: Spring is in the air!
From Leland Fire/Rescue Department
It is time to celebrate the arrival of spring. With warm days, lots of sunshine, birds singing, flowers beginning to bloom, and the grass starting to turn green, I would say spring is in full swing!
Spring brings with it the feeling that we need to clean up from the winter, which also means we start to clean out.
As you begin to haul items out of the garage for a yard sale or the trash pile, here are a few common-sense safety tips to keep in mind:
Take advantage of Brunswick County’s solid waste and recycling program to get rid of those hard-to-dispose-of items, like tires, old appliances, and paint. Review the County’s list of accepted solid waste items before you haul them to the County landfill in Bolivia or the convenience site located at 9921 Chappell Loop Road in Leland.
Check your gas can. Is it metal and beginning to rust? Is it time to replace it? Make sure you open the vent when you fill it up at the gas station.
Check your lawn mower and do some preventative maintenance. Make sure you pull the spark plug out, so it won’t start when you are taking off the blade to sharpen it or to clean out old grass from the deck.
Look at your hand tools. Make sure when working in the yard that you lay your rakes down with the tines in the ground so that if you happen to step on it, it won’t come up and whack you in the forehead!
How about picking up that hose that is laying in the yard, so you don’t trip over it?
Look around the house and the yard. Are there items that should be put away? Are there items that need repair?
This, of course, is not a comprehensive list but rather a way to get you thinking about safety while performing household tasks.
So, write up your “Spring Cleaning” list, test your smoke detector, and remember to practice safety all 52 weeks of the year!
Event & Program Cancellations
The following Leland Parks and Recreation Department events and programs have been canceled:
All Leland Cultural Arts Center classes and workshops for May
And Me Pajama Party, May 9
Chicago Rewired Concert, May 15
The Town will provide updates, as they become available, regarding those events, programs and classes that have been postponed indefinitely.